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KUALA TERENGGANU: A woman from Negri Sembilan who photographed a “floating mat” at a mosque here is being sought by the state religious department to provide more information on the unusual occurrence.

State religious and information deputy committee chairman Muhammad Ramli Nuh said the department was also keen to contact others who had witnessed the incident. “This is an interesting development and we want to get more facts and evidence from eye-witnesses,” he said yesterday.

He said the woman, who happened to visit Crystal Mosque, could provide crucial information as she was the first to capture the phenomenon.

“We want to authenticate whether she took the photograph or obtained it from a third party.”

Muhammad Ramli said the unexplained event could be a divine sign, thus more details were required to enable the state religious department to do the necessary.

“If it actually happened, it could bring about a positive development for Crystal Mosque. Visitors would start making a beeline to the site if the facts and the photograph could be authenticated by a religious body,” he said.

On Tuesday, The Star reported about the appearance of a “floating mat” which prompted the Terengganu chief imam Ustaz Azizi Saidi Abdul Aziz to say that it was a sign for Muslims not to neglect their prayers. Apparently, such happenings had been seen in Saudi Arabia.

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KUALA TERENGGANU – Potensi industri pelancongan sebagai penjana ekonomi baru negara hanya dapat direalisasikan jika usaha memaju dan membangunkan industri pelancongan diberi penekanan sewajarnya.

Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Pembangunan Luar Bandar, Usahawan dan Koperasi negeri, Datuk Mohamed Awang Tera berkata, untuk lebih memahami keperluan pelancong, rakyat harus menjadi pelancong dalam negeri.

Menurutnya, dengan langkah itu, mereka bukan sahaja boleh meningkatkan kualiti hidup melalui rekreasi pelancongan tetapi juga membantu mengukuhkan lagi kekuatan ekonomi industri terbabit.

“Secara umumnya, industri pelancongan amat penting kerana ia mampu memberi pendapatan tambahan kepada negara dan Terengganu khasnya.

“Atas kesedaran itu, kerajaan telah mengadakan pelbagai program untuk memajukan industri pelancongan, justeru, dalam hal ini kita akui bahawa kejayaan industri ini bergantung kepada usaha pacuan sektor swasta dengan sokongan sektor awam dan itu bermakna usaha sektor awam tidak akan berjaya tanpa digerakkan dan didorong sektor swasta,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian selepas merasmikan Seminar Keusahawanan Pelancongan Terengganu dengan kerjasama Yayasan Pembangunan Usahawan (YPU) Terengganu dan Institut Pembangunan Keusahawanan dan Koperasi (CeDi) serta Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) di Dewan Konvensyen YPU, Pusat Perdagangan Terengganu di sini, semalam.

Hadir sama, Pengurus Besar YPU, Azmi Razik, Timbalan Naib Canselor UUM, Leftenan Kolonel Profesor Dr Abdul Razak Chik dan Pengarah CeDi, Dr Mohd Azlan Yahya.

Menyentuh mengenai penganjuran program itu, menurut Mohamed, ia amat bertepatan dan kena pada masanya berikutan tidak ramai yang mengetahui bahawa pembentukan rantaian berkesan dalam industri pelancongan di Terengganu adalah senjata paling berkesan bagi meningkatkan pemasaran produk pelancongan dunia.

Sehubungan itu, beliau berharap seminar itu dapat dijadikan panduan kepada usahawan dan penggiat pelancongan bagi mempersiapkan diri menghadapi persaingan pada masa akan datang.

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